Woodrow (Woody) Dantzler was born on October 4, 1979. He grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dantzler went to Clemson University and played quarterback. He red-shirted the 1997 season and went on to letter in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2001 Dantzler became the only player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2000 yards and rush for more than 1000 yards in a single regular season when he ended the year with 2360 yards passing and 1004 yards rushing. In August 2001 Woody graduated Clemson University with a degree in Marketing.
Woody was drafted as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on April 29, 2002. He scored his only NFL touchdown on December 8, 2002 when he returned a kickoff for 84 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. Woody went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons in 2003 and 2004 and again with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 before being released September 3, 2005. Dantzler was signed to a two-year contract with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League in December of 2005.